Judges

We have 53 judges available for Guard and directors.

Allison Havemann

Jackson, NJ
25 years color guard experience. Have taught award winning outdoor and indoor guards of all sizes across the east coast. Performance experience for 15 years within the WGI and DCI circuits. Certified equipment and auxiliary judge for TOB and TIA. B.A. And M.A. from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. Alumni of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
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Amy Mack

Oceanside, CA
Amy Mack is the Office Manager for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. As well as tending to the daily administration of the SCSBOA, Ms. Mack is also a member of the Field Adjudication Steering Committee (FASC) the Parade Adjudication Committee (PAC) and is the Adjudication Assignment Coordinator for SCSBOA field, parade and festival events. In addition, she proudly serves as a field and parade adjudicator for the SCSBOA.

Prior to her employment with the SCSBOA, Ms. Mack was the Circuit Administrator for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) assisting in its growth of over three hundred color guard units. Ms. Mack also served as the Southwest Regional Director for Winter Guard International and assisted with the organization of the 2004 WGI Championships in San Diego, California. She has taught and choreographed numerous high school and middle school color guard/auxiliary programs in Southern California including Hilltop High School, Grossmont High School, Chula Vista High School, Eastlake High School, Castle Park High School and Bonita Vista High School. In addition Ms. Mack has served as a clinician for several band and color guard programs in Southern California.

Ms. Macks judging experience includes the SCSBOA, WGASC, Winter Guard International, the Colorado Band Masters Association, the New Mexico Tournament of Bands, the Utah Color Guard Association, the Texas Color Guard Association, and color guard circuits in Northern California and Oregon.

She is a recipient of the SCSBOA Distinguished Member award and the Order of Excellence from the Winter Guard Association of Southern California. Ms. Mack currently lives in Oceanside, California where she enjoys the antics of her puggles Rosco and Daphne, the smell of the nearby ocean, and the quiet solitude of pursuing her genealogy. She has three grown and sometimes adult children, and four beautiful grandchildren.
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Billy Saccomanno

Lakeland, FL
WGI adjudicator
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Brian Nunez

Van nuys, CA
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Chris Moss

Clemson, SC
Chris Moss is the Director of Bands at Pendleton High School in Pendleton, South Carolina, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the Florida State University. Chris has performed in many organizations including the Florida State University Marching Chiefs, the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, Paradigm Winter Guard, and Northeast Independent Winter Guard. Previously, Chris served nine years as the Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Caption Supervisor at Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. Additionally, Chris has served on the brass staff with Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.

Chris is currently a member of the South Carolina Band Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education while being a National Board Certified Educator. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Indoor Performance Association and is an Adjudicator for Drum Corps International and Bands of America.

Chris has served as Drill Designer, Conceptual Designer, Program Coordinator, or Program Director for many award winning marching bands and winter guards across the Southeast. Marching Band awards include State Finalists, Upper and Lower State Championships, State Championships and BOA Regional Finalists. Winter Guard awards include Circuit Championships, WGI Regional Finalists, WGI Regional Championships, WGI Elite Regional Championships, and WGI World Championship Finalists in the Scholastic A, Independent A, and Scholastic Open Classes.

Chris is married to Dr. Alison Starr-Moss, has two daughters, Lily and Evie, and two dogs: Schatzi and Pippin.
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Courtney Allison

Rhome, TX
Courtney Allison (Mills) has been involved with the pageantry arts since 1992 as a performer (Seminole High School, The Company, and Carolina Crown), as an educator ( Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Richland High School, and L.D. Bell), and as an adjudicator (CWEA, AIA, TCGC). Courtney has a degree in Dance Performance from Texas Womans University and is beginning her MFA in Choreography and Pedagogy, August 2013 from TWU as well. While Mrs. Allison has remained stedfast to her pageantry roots, she is very much accustomed to the world of competitive dance and performing arts in general.
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DAN SMITH

Santa Clara, CA
Dan Smith - from Santa Clara, California

Dan Smith holds a BA Degree from San Jose State University an MA Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

He is nationally known as an Arranger, Visual Designer, Clinician, Band Director & Adjudicator. His own Bands have performed in such nationally televised events as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl in Miami, and the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was during his tenure as Director of Bands that the Independence High School 76th Cavalry Band from San Jose, California won the 1981 Bands of America National Championship.

Dan has now been involved in Music & Pageantry for over 60 years and has over 50 years experience as an Adjudicator and Adjudication Administrator & Chief Judge in many areas of the Performing & Pageantry Arts (including judging the World Championships for both DCI & WGI). He is one of the five co-founders of the Western Band Association. And he is currently the Music Caption Chair for the California State Band Championships (CSBC).

He has been affiliated with the California Color Guard Circuit since 1967, where he has instructed several Circuit Champions; hosted Circuit Contests and Circuit & Regional Championships; served as a long-time Adjudicator, Director of Training and several times as Chief Judge; and since 1989 served as the only CCGC Percussion Coordinator (a position which also involved serving as WGI Contest Coordinator for the Central Valley & Bay Area Percussion Regionals).

Dan Smith is currently employed as the Music Department Coordinator at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He is still an active performer on French Horn & Tenor Horn in several major Bay Area musical ensembles. He is also a Charter Member and former Instructor of the Santa Clara Vanguard D&B Corps and Vanguard Cadets D&B Corps. Most recently he performed as a member of the 2017 SCVAC 50th Anniversary Corps. He was inducted into the SCV Hall of Fame in 2018.
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Daniel Campbell

Camillus, NY
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Dave Knowlton

Glen Carbon, IL
Dr. Dave S. Knowlton is a professor, author, music composer, and educator. Over the past thirty-two years, Dr. Knowlton has worked in eight different states as a music and visual designer, instructor, and clinician for middle schools, high schools, universities, dance companies, and drum and bugle corps.

In high school, he was a member of the Briarcrest Band (Memphis, TN). In college, he was a member of Memphis State Universitys Mighty Sound of the South marching band, the Bengal Lancers Winter Guard, and the universitys award-winning indoor drumline.

Currently, Dr. Knowlton is Program Director for Briarcrests (now, Eads, TN) Outdoor Performance Ensemble. Dr. Knowlton has judged over one-hundred contests in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas. In terms of marching band, he has judged for USBands (Allentown, Pennsylvania), multiple university sponsored shows, and dozens of high school invitationals. In terms of indoor pageantry arts, he has judged for the Indiana Percussion Association (Indianapolis, Indiana), Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit (Pensacola, Florida), the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (Kansas City, Missouri), Heartland Winter Arts (Omaha, Nebraska), Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (Bowling Green, Kentucky), and Connecting Individuals through the Performing Arts (serving East Tennessee and surrounding states).

In his full-time role as a professor of education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Knowlton researches and teaches in areas related to Educational Psychology, Design Thinking, Creativity Theory, and assessment/evaluation of education and learning. Dr. Knowlton is a member of the Board of Directors for the Jacoby Arts Center (Alton, Illinois), and he co-hosts The Learning Vibes Podcast. (www.learningvibespodcast.weebly.com).
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Deborah Torchia

Peabody, MA
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Denise Adams

Simi Valley, CA
Field Color Guard Judge for the Bakersfield Band Circuit 2011-present
Color Guard Judge SCSBOA in Southern California 1998
Winter Guard Equipment Judge WGASC in Southern California 1998-present
Winter Guard Equipment Judge PPAACC in Bakersfield 1998-present
Winter Guard Equipment Judge SJVCG in Fresno 2011-present
I have also judged Winter Guard Equipment in Colorado, Texas, Las Vegas Nevada and Utah
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Don Gallaher

Orange, CA
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Doug Casteen

Moseley, VA
JUDGE BIOGRAPHY - DOUG CASTEEN
SUMMARY:
Mr. Doug Casteen currently resides in Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate of NC State University. He has been judging and instructing marching bands, drum corps and color guards for over 30 years. His marching experience includes marching in DCI with Avant Garde from Saratoga Springs, NY, the 27th Lancers from Revere, MA, and the Star of Indiana from Bloomington, IN. He has been active as an adjudicator for USBands and Band Masters Associations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, and Oklahoma. He is currently the Chief Judge for the Atlantic Indoor Association, Chief Judge for the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative, and a Overall Effect judge in WGI Winds Division. He as judged all Visual captions Drum Corps International. He judged 13 seasons for WGI Color Guard Division in the GE. He was inducted inducted into the AIA Hall of Honor in 2006 for his contributions in education and training of instructors and judges.


DETAILED EXPERIENCE:
Judging Experience:
DCI - (2009 - 2013) - Ensemble Visual, GE, Field & Guard
WGI - (2000 - Present) - GE Judge for Guard Division (12 Seasons), Visual / OE Judge (5 Seasons)
AIA - (1996 - Present) - Chief Judge since 2004. Awarded the AIA Hall of Honor designation in 2006.
VMBC - Chief Judge since 2016
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J.R. Carlisle

Miamisburg, OH
J. R. Carlisle

J.R. is Owner of Carlisle Design Consultants. His teaching experience includes 15 years as both a high school band and choir director in the State of Ohio, as well as 5 years as a high school principal. His bands consistently received superior ratings at district and state concert band festivals at both the middle school and high school level. He has directed bands to a superior rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals in each of the four classes. His Federal Hocking Marching Band was also a Sudler Shield Winner. He has also directed numerous WGI Regional Finalist color guards and drum lines as well as a national semi finalist color guard and national finalist drum line.

Carlisle Design Consultants has worked with over 75 bands in the Mid-West, South- East, and Texas as well as annually assigning adjudicators for over 30 marching band festivals across the country including a major focus in Indiana with such high school programs as Avon, Homestead, Mishawaka Penn, and Indiana State University. J.R. has judged 11 different state championships and in over 38 states total.

He is a founding member of the Tri State Circuit for the Pageantry Arts and the Tri State Judges Association. He also served as the chief judge for the Tri State Circuit. He is currently the chief judge for the Carolina Indoor Performance Association.

He has judged for Winter Guard International, Drum Corp International, Bands of America . In the fall of 2006 he adjudicated Drum Corp Europes Championships and in 2002 he judged the drum corp competition at the Music Arts Festival in Kyoto, Japan

The Point Pleasant, West Virginia native received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV and a MBA in Organizational Leadership from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a f
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Jackie Gilley

Midwest City, OK
Jackie Gilley is a native of Stratford, Texas, and taught band at Monroney Middle School for 30 years before retiring to care for her parents. Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts degree (ceramics) and Masters of Music Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She also received her Secondary Education Administration certification from University of Central Oklahoma. Jackie earned her National Board Certified Teacher credentials in 2002 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2012. Ms. Gilley has been Teacher of the Year in Mid-Del Schools twice during her career. She was named Exemplary Teacher by Oklahoma Music Educators Association in 2013. She is well-known for her grant-writing skills and has won over 25 grants for her band program. She also had 4 band pieces commissioned for the Monroney Bands. Jackie has been an adjudicator for DCI, WGI, BOA/MFA, OSSAA, and the Texas Color Guard Judges Association. She has judged marching band and winter guard competitions throughout the United States and Canada. She is a member of MENC, OMEA, OBA, WBDI, and past president of the Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Jackie is also on the executive board of the Stratford Education Foundation in her hometown.
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Jennifer Hinshaw

Danville, IN
A native of Virginia, Jennifer House Hinshaw has been immersed in dance since the age of four. Childhood ballet, jazz, tap, and baton classes cultivated a love for dance that became Jennifers life work. In May of 2003, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, she had the privilege of studying under amazing choreographers and educators such as B.J. Sullivan, Sue Stinson, Jan Van Dyke, Gerri Houlighan, and Jill Green.

A native of Virginia, Jennifer House Hinshaw has been immersed in dance since the age of four. Childhood ballet, jazz, tap, and baton classes cultivated a love for dance that became Jennifers life work. In May of 2003, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, she had the privilege of studying under amazing choreographers and educators such as B.J. Sullivan, Sue Stinson, Jan Van Dyke, Gerri Houlighan, and Jill Green.

Since attaining her Dance Education degree, Jennifer has worked diligently to pass on her passion for dancing. From 2003 to 2006, Jennifer was the Founder and Director of the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Dance Department in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Currently, Jennifer is the Founder and Director of the Avon High School Dance Department in Avon, Indiana and the director of the Avon Gold Dance Teams. In 2008, she became the first ever state-certified Dance Educator in Indiana. Many of Jennifers students have taken their desire to dance beyond high school, where they have studied around the country. Also, some of Jennifers students have been performers for Cirque de Soleil, Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, Bring It On the Musical, Motown the Musical and a variety of Disney productions.

Jennifer has been involved in the color guard activity since 1995. Her first opportunities to perform were with the Fieldale-Collinsville Color Guard under the direc
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Jennifer Oswald

Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Oswald began her pageantry career in 1985 and through the years has performed with The Kingsmen, Emerald Marquis and Escapade as well as The Velvet Knights, The Blue Devils, The Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps. She has worked with numerous high school colorguards and drum corps which include Mission Viejo High School, Centergrove High School, Pope High School, Pacific Crest as well as The Spirit of JSU and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Jennifer has also been judging with the Winterguard Association of Southern California for several years.
Outside of her colorguard activities, Jennifer works as Director of Stage and Backlot Operations at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California. Some of her biggest film and television projects include Sully, Hairspray Live, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Inception, Fast & Furious, Tropic Thunder, The Little Fockers, Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2, 3 & 4, Land of the Lost, Transformers, National Treasure 1 & 2, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, Saving Mr. Banks and Gone Girl.
Jennifer resides in Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Southern California.
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Joe Cavallaro

Altamonte Springs, FL
Name: Joe Cavallaro
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Residence: Orlando, Florida

With 30 years of participation as a marching member, arranger, performing professional and instructor, Joe brings a variety of perspectives and experience to marching arts adjudication. From his start with the Patriots drum corps in 1983, Joe also performed with the Crusaders, the Coast Guard Academy Windjammers, in various acts at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios, and with the World Champion Empire Statesmen. He has instructed both visual and percussion for high school bands and drum corps and is a current staff member with the Florida Federation of Color Guard Circuit. Joe has been a member of the Central States Judging Association visual team since 2009, judging field, ensemble, general effect and coordination and wholeheartedly endorses a build them up with enthusiasm judging style. Helping pageantry units meet their goals with meaningful commentary and evaluation has been a hallmark of his success.
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John Howell

North Huntingdon, PA
I currently reside in North Huntingdon Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh. I am currently employed as a Business Education Teacher in the Hempfield Area School District where I teach Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Web Page Design and Video Game Programming. I hold degree in Bachelor of Administration in Business Management and an Accounting minor from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

I am a visual designer and have taught and written shows for various nationally acclaimed marching bands, drum and bugle corps and indoor winter colorguards and I continue to conduct clinics and consultations for bands, winter colorguards, and judging associations across the United States and Internationally.

I have been a visual adjudicator over 28 years and judge for BOA, DCI, DCA, and various other judging associations and have had the opportunity to judge internationally on numerous occasions. I was a member of the MENC Blue Ribbon Committee writing marching band curriculum standards. I also conduct both the Trinity Handbell and Hand Chime choirs at my church in which I have been a member of for over 35 years.
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Jonette Dangerfield

San Diego, CA
I am a native Californian and a recent Northern California transplant to Southern California now living and working in San Diego, California. I began my involvement with pageantry in 1971. Ive been a performer with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps (DCI 73 thru 75) and the San Francisco Renegades (DCA 02 thru 06), and have worked as a designer / instructor serving numerous winterguard and marching band units as well as the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps (2008). I have adjudicated winterguard and marching band events in California, Arizona and Utah. I currently judge winterguard events for CCGC (California Color Guard circuit), SJVCGPR (San Joaquin Valley Color Guard and Percussion circuit, PPAACC (Pep and Pageantry Arts Association of Central California) and WGASC (Winter Guard Association of Southern California). I have over a decade of experience judging the Equipment and General Effect captions during the winterguard season. I also currently judge for WBA (Western Band Association) in the fall season where I have served in the captions of Auxiliary, General Effect and Field Visual (marching) since 2005.
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Kathy Whitcomb

Walnut Creek, CA
I have been judging all captions of Visual for greater than 35 years. I worked for 15 years for WGI as an EA and Movement judge. I have judged Drum Corps for Drum Corps West for many years, I continue to be active judging for Western Band Association for 20+ years. My back rounds includes performing in the Stockton Commodores in the rifle line, teaching Drum Corps and marching Bands.
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Ken Giese

Henderson, NV
Ken Giese is an experienced instructor, designer, and adjudicator for marching bands, winter guards, marching percussion lines, indoor marching winds units, and drum and bugle corps. He is the former chief judge of the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, and a long time ensemble analysis judge for Winter Guard International. He is currently an active visual judge for Music For All ( Bands of America), Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International (Percussion Division), and numerous other local circuits. Mr. Giese currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he is a high school mathematics teacher for the Clark County School System.
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KIMANI WILLIAMS

WEST COVINA, CA
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KIMANI began his career attending the University of California-Berkeley majoring in Mass communications and dance. At the same time he was a marching colorguard member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps both winter and summer guards from the years of 1997-2000. In his younger years he accomplishments encompass being a California State Gymnast and All-American track n field star. KIMANI also attended Mt. San Antonio College and the University of Phoenix majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in Real Estate. KIMANIs personal credits as a professional performer includes DISNEY, MTV, WAYNE FOSTER ENTERTAINMENT, THE KEY CLUB HOLLYWOOD, DANCE SYMPOSIUM HOLLYWOOD, CORPSIMPACT, BD ENTERTAINMENT and many others. KIMANI has performances also includes numbers such as, ALL THAT JAZZ, Chicago, THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE by Prince at the Dance Symposium, WILLY WONKAS IMAGINATION-Key Club and countless others.

KIMANI has worked and trained with such great designers and choreographers such as Travis Payne, Darrien Henning, Eric Ellis, Rebecca Newport, Malaya, N and T, Jason Wright,Dave Scott, Stanely Knaub,Thom Vindiola, Allen Dekko, Scott Chandler, Jay Murphy, TJ Doucette, Lee Martino, Kari Jensen, Michael Rosales, Vonda Fischer and many others.

KIMANI has designed and choreographed shows for many high schools within the Los Angeles area as well as outside the California border.
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Laura Baker

Corona, CA
Laura Baker has been involved in the pageantry activity since 1987. She has 8 years performance experience in both high school marching band, high school and independent winter guards. She has experience in flag, rifle and saber. In addition to her color guard experience she also has 9 years studio dance training in various genres including jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop.

Laura began her teaching career in 1992 working with some of the premier programs in Southern California. In 2002 she began teaching color guard full time and feels fortunate to still call pageantry her full time job.


Most recently Laura has successfully completed the WGASC judges training program in the area of general effect. She is looking forward to continuing to expand her education and knowledge into the area field pageantry adjudication.

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Laura Hamilton

Quincy, MA
Laura Hamilton has been involved in the colorguard activity since 1990. At 8 years old, she began her career with St. Anns colorguard from Boston, MA. During her 13 year tenure, St. Anns enjoyed many successes as they quickly moved up the ranks of WGI. Her love and passion for the activity was cultivated during those years, where she was taught by many of the activitys finest. She is proud to have remained with the group, as their Captain, until they disbanded after the 2002 season. Laura also performed with several drum corps (Crossmen 1998, Boston Crusaders 2001, and The Cadets 2003). Some of her most treasured experiences were during the summers she spent teaching the Fred J. Miller Clinics (1999, 2000, and 2002). Laura has taught many successful units in the Boston area: St. Anns Open 2001, St. Anns New World 2002, East Coast Jazz 2004-2005, St. Anns Open 2006. Laura has also worked with several groups in Dallas, TX (Desoto HS and Little Elm HS) as a Consultant and Circuit Clinician. Laura began judging for the Massachusetts Judges Association in 2008 and currently serves on their Executive Board. She has been adjudicating for WGI since 2011. Laura works for MassBio (Massachusetts Biotechnology Council) as their Sales/Business Development Manager. Laura is a two-time graduate of Northeastern University with a BSBA in Finance and a Masters of Science in Innovation and currently working on her MBA.
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Lee Carlson

Palm Srings, CA
Lee has served
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Lisa McIntyre

Murfreesboro, TN
I am a recent transplant to Nashville from Northern California. I have been performing, teaching and consulting in various marching band, drum corps and winter guards for 20+ years.

Perform:
1985-1987 Union MS Color Guard - San Jose, CA
1987-1990 Leigh HS Color Guard (Field and winter guard) San Jose, CA
1990-1996 San Jose State University Color Guard, San Jose, CA
2002-2005 San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps (Color Guard) San Francisco, CA

Instruct:
1990-1992 Westmont HS (Field) Campbell, CA - Caption Head and Show Coordinator
1990-1994 Leland HS (Field and Indoor) (San Jose, CA) Caption Head and Show Coordinator
1994-1995 Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band Color Guard- 1994 Guard Tech and Visual Tech, 1995 Guard Caption Head and Visual Tech
1996 Los Altos HS (Field) Los Altos, CA - Visual Tech, Flag Choreography
1996 -1997 Cupertino HS (Field and Indoor) Cupertino, CA- Caption Head and Show Coordinator
1996 Saratoga HS (Field) Saratoga, CA - Caption Head
2004 Evergreen Valley HS (Field and Indoor) San Jose, CA - Flag and sabre choreography, visual tech
2004-2009 Visual Consultant to various field and indoor guards
2012-2013 Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps - Orlando, Florida - Visual Consultant, Flag Choreography
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Lorraine Kohagen

Santa Clarita, CA
Lorraine Kohagen has been an Adjudicator for over 15 years, and is currently judging for SCSBOA, UMEA, WGASC, and UWGA. She also travels to Oregon, Missouri, Nevada, and Texas to judge marching band and winter guard contests. Lorraine lives in Santa Clarita, California with her husband Kevin, who plays tuba, and son Dylan, who plays mellophone and French horn.

Lorraine has been instructing the color guard at Valencia High School since 2008. Since Lorraine began at Valencia, the program has been quite successful, winning several sweepstakes and first place trophies, in addition to four consecutive medals at SCSBOA Championships and the Gold Medal at the 2016 WGASC Championships.

Prior to her position at VHS, Lorraine was the Instructor/Designer at Littlerock High School from 1995 to 2008. LHS was a semi-finalist at WGI World Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the WGI Fresno Regional Scholastic A Champion in 2005, in addition to receiving over 100 first place and sweepstakes trophies while Lorraine taught there. Over the past 18 years, Lorraine has also worked with the color guards at Saugus HS, Whitney HS, West Torrance HS, Highland HS, Quartz Hill HS, Schurr HS, La Canada HS, Antelope Valley HS, Cypress HS, Notre Dame HS, Rosamond HS, Palmdale HS & Don Bosco Tech HS. Lorraine also designs and consults for other guards in California & Georgia.
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Melissa Samson

Placentia, CA
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Michael Gray

Charleston, SC
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Michael Hensley

Evanston, IL
Performance experience: USC Trojan Marching Band, Riverside Community College Marching Band (as both a musician and colorguard performer), and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.

Teaching and Design experience: Marching Band and Winter Guard Drill. Visual Instructor for several field competition finalists. Choreographer and show design for scholastic groups at various skill levels.

Judging experience includes: SCSBOA, SCJA, WGASC, UWGA, WGAZ, and Solo Drum Major competition.
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Michael Henson

Mesquite, TX
Michael Henson is a judge, designer, and choreographer currently residing in North Texas. He has designed for, and instructed, marching bands, colorguards, winterguards, and indoor drum lines in Arkansas, Indiana, and North and East Texas. He has also been a recurring judge for the Quad State Marching Festival in Vermillion, South Dakota.

In addition to the marching and pageantry activities, Michael is an active clarinetist and composer. He has been invited as a guest performer, composer, and conductor to the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and has received commissions from the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Butler Symphony Orchestra. He holds a MM in Composition from Butler University and a BM in Composition from Henderson State University.
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Michael Yoho

Washington, PA
Michael Yoho comes to e-Adjudicate from Pittsburgh, Pa. where he is a well versed student, adjudicator, clinician, and instructor. Michael holds Music and Information Technology Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. He is currently a Senior Analyst of Infrastructure and Remote Services for Consol Energy. Michael is also an alumnus of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps where he marched under the tutelage of Michael Shapiro and Adam Sage.

Michael proudly served on the staff of the Six-time DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard from 2001 until 2005. He has worked with many Bands of America and WGI National Finalists including: McEachern HS, Gateway HS, Wheeling Park HS, Beaver Area HS, Greater Johnstown HS, Northgate HS, and the Top Hats Winterguard.

Continuing to contribute to the activity, Michael served on the Board of the Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association (Pittsburgh, Pa) where he held the title of Educational Director for 10 years. Michael got his judging start as a visual judge for the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges. He has judge for the USSBA, Southeast Colorguard Circuit, Judges Association of Mid-America, Midwest Judges Guild, Michigan Colorguard Circuit, and proudly makes his judging home with the Florida Federation (FFCC). Michael continues to judge nationally as a recognized judge with WGI and DCI.
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Mickey Kelly

Monroe, NJ
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Mike Stone

West Hills, CA
MIKE STONE resides in Los Angeles, California and has been adjudicating various pageantry competitions for 19 years. He attributes his interest in pageantry to his high school music and marching band program. Mr. Stone has studied and taught in, several different music education programs. He is currently an adjudicator at the highest level and judges both nationally and internationally.
Mr. Stone is proud to be affiliated with the following organizations:
Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC)
Winter Guard International (WGI)
Drum Corps International (DCI)
Bands of America (BOA)
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Peggy Bilbruck

Fountain Valley, CA
Peggy has been a performer, instructor and teacher in pageantry related activities for over 35 years. She began marching at the age of 7 with the Anaheim Kingsmen Drum and Bugle Corps and had the honor to end her performing career with the 1986 World Champion Blue Devils. From there Peggy went on to teach at all levels of the drum corps, marching band and winter guard activities. Her teams have been WGI finalists and medalists, local champions, and received top honors where ever she has taught.
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Randy Blackburn

Lexington, SC
Randy W. Blackburn - After receiving his degree in Music Education from Memphis State University he went on to become the visual designer and assistant to the band director at Largo High School in Largo, FL from 1983 - 1987. Mr. Blackburn was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 - 82 and after aging out, he took a position on the visual staff with the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 1983 and 1984 and served as its director in 1994. Mr. Blackburn has served as a visual designer and clinician/consultant for many high school bands in the southeastern U.S. Mr. Blackburn has been a visual and musical adjudicator for over 30 years and has judged for Drum Corps South, the Southern States Judges Association, Gulf Coast Color Guard Circuit, the Central States Judges Association, the USBands and the FMBC. Mr. Blackburn is an active color guard judge for the Florida Federation of Judges Association and the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association as well as having served as the North Florida Contest Coordinator for the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit. Mr. Blackburn was most recently the Executive Director for the DCI World Class Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007 - 2011. In 2006 he served as the Visual Caption Head and Designer for Teal.

Randy currently resides in Lexington, SC and is the Night Plant Supervisor at RR Donnelley and Sons.
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Richard Kemp

Evergreen Park, IL
Winter Guard International judge 1983 - Present
Winter Guard/Band Adjudicator 1979 - Present
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Richard Kramer

Canyon Country, CA
Richard Kramer has been involved in the marching band & winter guard activity as a performer, designer, instructor, circuit administrator and adjudicator for the past 4 decades. He has been an active member of the Winter Guard Association of Southern California since 1989 and is currently the VP of Adjudication. He has served the WGASC as a Contest Coordinator, Adjudicator and Contest Announcer and was awarded the Order of Excellence in 2003. He also served on the WGI Board of Directors from 1984 1987, and has been a staff member at the WGI World Championships as an Announcer since 1989. He has adjudicated winter guards for a number of associations in the Western United States and has been an adjudicator of marching bands throughout California for the Western Band Association (WBA) since 1996.
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Rob Billings

Westminster, CO
Rob has been a designer, choreographer, drill writer, teacher, and adjudicator in the pageantry arts for over 25 years. Most notably, Rob served as the guard caption head, drill writer, and choreographer for the Blue Knights Drum Corps 1996-2008, guard designer and choreographer for the Santa Clara Vanguard D&B corps 2010-2011, and the Phantom Regiment, 2012-2014, last summer he spent with the Madison Scouts. Rob is the director and designer for Opus 10 winter guard, and he was the artistic director, and designer for Oracle winter guard. He also serves as the artistic director for OPE dance company in Denver.
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Robby Overvliet

Voorburg, The Netherlands, *
Director / Designer / Adjudicator

Robby Overvliet started judging for Winter Guard International in 1997. He lives just outside of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

He has extensive judging experience for Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International and various local circuits in the past 25 years. As a performer he was last active in the 2000 Emerald Marquis from Wakefield, MA.

Robby is the former Education Director for Color Guard Netherlands and was inducted in the CGN Hall of Fame in 2015. He is an active designer/instructor
in the Netherlands and has designed and taught various Drumcorps, Winterguards and Indoor Percussion including Freelancers, Kiwanis Kavaliers, Yum Kwang, Sacred Heart, Jubal, Beatrix, Juliana and The Pride of the Netherlands.

Robby in an Agile Coach and entrepreneur (www.changeconsutant.nl) and besides his love for the performing arts he has a passion for long distance running.

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Ron Comfort

Portland, OR
Ron Comfort is from Portland, Oregon, and has been actively designing, teaching, consulting and adjudicating the pageantry arts for 25 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Association for Performing Arts (NWAPA), Winter Guard International (WGI), and the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit (FFCC). With that association comes a wealth of experience judging for WGI, DCI, NWAPA, ISSMA, and the FFJA among many other professional associations. Mr. Comfort co-founded the Shaktai Performance Company in 1989, an independent winter guard program that was a consistent WGI national finalist and led the activity in movement and staging innovation. He also had the pleasure of teaching the Madison Scouts color guard from 1995 through 2000 and Paradigm Winterguard from 2003 through 2007. Currently he is on the design and administrative teams for Paradigm Winterguard (Daytona Beach, FL) and Summit Winterguard (Portland, OR).
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Ron Ryles

Cumming, GA
Mr. Ron Ryles, a highly sought after drill designer, clinician and adjudicator, has worked
with several performing ensembles throughout the United States over the past 25 years. His adjudication memberships include Drum Corps International, the North Carolina Bandmasters, the United States Scholastic Band Association (PA), the Carolina Indoor Judging Association (SC), the Atlantic Indoor Association (NC), the Gulf Coast Judging Association (FL), and the Winter Guard Arizona Judging Association.

Under Mr. Ryles assistance, many groups have gone on to generate history within their respected organization. The list of programs include Wake Forest University, Western Carolina University, University of Memphis, Middle Georgia College, the Blue Stars (WI), the Colts (IA), the Americanos (WI), Memphis Sound (TN) and several high schools throughout the country. Additionally, Mr. Ryles has served as a member of the administration team of the 10 time DCI World Champions, the Cadets. He is a former member of the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was part of the 1992 DCI Division II World Champions, before becoming drum major in 1994.

He and his wife Sharon Ryles are the co-founders of Beyond the Downbeat, a company dedicated to providing services to all programs in pageantry arts education, for more information please visit, www.BeyondTheDownbeat.com. Mr. Ryles is a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in 19 states. He is currently an MLO for Homestar Financial Corporation, Atlanta, Ga.
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Rosie Queen

Indianapolis, IN
Working in pageantry since 1983.
Carmel H.S. 2003- present
--WGI SO Champion 2007
--WGI SW Champion 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
--BOA Grand Nationals Champion 2005, 2012, 2016, 2017

Pride of Cincinnati 1997- present
--WGI IW Champion 2001, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2017

Bluecoats Indoor 2018-present

-WGI Flag Fun-damentals , WGI Toss video, and WGI Spinfest Clinician.
-Director, Technician, Designer, Producer of top programs around the country.
-Equipment/Technical/Training expertise.

I have helped many teams in A, Open, and World make their shows better in a variety of ways: more cohesive design, drawing focus more clearly, making performers stronger, ideas to enhance your overall design, pre-season planning, etc...
Im here to help and look forward to hearing from you!!
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Sandra Bertelle

Kenosha, WI
SANDRA BERTELLE began her pageantry experience as a colorguard member in her highschool band. She went on to receive a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Theater from USC, in Los Angeles . She trained with some of the top dance, vocal, and acting teachers in Los Angeles, as well as the renowned John Housmann from the Juilliard School in New York. She has directed and acted in theatrical productions both in the United States and at Scotlands Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also guest starred in several prime time television series. She continues her early involvement in pageantry, having judged for Drumcorps International, Fall Marching Bands and WGI.
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Scott Bilbruck

Fountain Valley, CA
Scott brings over 25 years of expertise in many areas of the band and color guard industries. He began his career teaching at Los Altos High School in California and was on staff with the USC Trojan Marching Band while he was earning his degree at USC. From there he became a teacher at Mater Dei High School and eventually Director of Performing Arts. He left Mater Dei in 2001 to do freelance work with high school bands throughout the country and was also hired by the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) to become Director of Operations. Scott currently resides in Fountain Valley.
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Scott Snell

Amsterdam, NY
Scott Snell has been involved in the marching arts for the past 34 years as a performer, instructor, designer, clinician and adjudicator. Most notable Scott has been the Program Coordinator for the Shenendehowa Colorguard program located in Clifton Park, NY for the past 22 years. The program at Shen currently has 4 competitive guards with over 60 students, competing at the Regional A, A and World levels. Shen also has an intramural program for 4th graders and a program for students with special needs. During Scotts time at Shen the Varsity level guard has grown from the A level, through Open class and currently competes at the World Class level. This experience has allowed Scott to see first hand the challenges that accompany growth and how best to tackle those challenges each day. In addition to overseeing the Shen program Scott has sat on the WGI Advisory board 5 times, has been a clinician for NYSSMA, the Mid-York Colorguard Circuit and NYS Federation of Contest Judges, held the position of Vice-President of the Mid-York Colorguard Circuit 2004-2018, President 2018-present and also works as an adjudicator for the NYSFCJ in the captions of Field Visual for marching band and equipment for winterguard. Over the years Scott has reached out to many people in the colorguard community who have been very helpful in regards to a wide range of questions and now is excited and honored to have the opportunity to help others in any manner possible.
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Shirl Chumley

Aurora, CO
Since 1986 has judged color guard, drum corps, and marching band competitions across the country, in states including Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Iowa, California, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
She lived in Parker, Colorado, where she taught high school English in the Douglas County School District for 18 years before joining the international school teaching ranks. She spent 2011-2013 helping to open a school on Jeju Island, South Korea, and 2013-2016 in Wassenaar, The Netherlands, teaching high school English at The American School of The Hague and judging for Color Guard Netherlands. Shirl returned to Colorado in the summer of 2016 and has returned to judging color guard and marching band competitions across the continental United States.
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Stephen Alia

Davenport, FL
Stephen Alia is proud to serve as an adjudicator for E-Adjudicate and offer his expertise to this exciting new endeavor.

Stephen is a professional visual designer for the marching arts. As the owner of Stephen Alia Visual Design, LLC, his active visual design clientele includes college and high school bands from Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. In addition, he is a member of the design and instructional staff for the Medellin Gran Banda from Medellin, Columbia.

Stephen Alia is the Program Coordinator and Visual Designer for the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Under his artistic direction, Legends has been named a Drum Corps International Open Class Finalist each year and the 2012 DCI Open Class Most Improved corps.

Stephen was a public school band director in central Florida for the seventeen years. Most recently, he served as the Director of Bands at Jere L. Stambaugh, Sr. Middle School in Auburndale, Florida, directing the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Beginning Bands, and the three-time State Champion Stambaugh Color Guard. In addition, Stephen is a member of the music education faculty of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.

Stephen was the Frostproof Middle-Senior High School Teacher of the Year in 2005 and has been listed in Whos Who of American Teachers twice.

Stephen earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida, where he studied trumpet with Lyman Brodie and John Almeida. He performed as a member of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.

Stephen judges marching band as a member of the Central States Judges Association and indoor guard and percussion with the Florida Federation Judges Association. His professional affiliations include MENC, FMEA, FBA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He enjoys his busy life with his beautiful wife Aleah.
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Stephen Cross

Plymouth, MI
Stephen Cross began his love of music through many of his teachers at the School for Visual and Performing Arts at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland where he grew up.
After high school, he was honored to be a member of the 1993 Drum Corps International World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Cross received his degrees from Ball State University (Bachelor of Science - Music Education), Central Michigan University (Master of Music in Performance - Conducting), and Eastern Michigan University (Master of Arts in School Administration). During his career, Mr. Cross has had the opportunity to teach music at schools in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri, as well as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps, and Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. His ensembles have received high acclaim from adjudicators all over Michigan as well as performances in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. Mr. Cross has had a distinguished career with such awards as a NARAS/Grammy Award Signature School Nomination, four State-level runner-up marching band finishes, five State Champion Winter Percussion titles, several WGI World finalist placements in Winter Percussion and Color Guard, as well as Reserve Champion in AA for the Bands of America Grand National Marching Band Championships. Mr. Cross is an active clinician and adjudicator in the areas of marching band, concert band, and solo and ensemble festivals, and is a member of the Central States Judges Association, as well as Michigan Competing Bands Association and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. Mr. Cross currently resides in Plymouth, Michigan with his wife Jennifer, daughter Keira, son Aaric, and their cat Maestro.
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Tim Pierce

Memphis, TN
Tim Pierce has a broad range of experience in design for the visual and performing arts. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Mississippi College. He is a former marching member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional career began as a band and choir director in Mississippi and has continued as teacher, consultant and/or adjudicator in twenty-two states. He has judged for Bands of America, The Gulf Coast Judges Association, The New York Federation of Judges and worked thirteen years for Winter Guard International. He has adjudicated show choir, church choir, cheer and dance at the state and regional level since 1979.
Mr. Pierce is the owner of Signature Designs, Inc. He has designed for programs in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Kentucky. During this time his groups have accumulated twelve state titles, finals placement in BOA regional championships, twelve state indoor color guard titles as well as finals placement in WGI regional and World Championships. Mr. Pierce was program co- ordinator for The Mississippi Lions All-State Marching Band in 2001 and 2002 as well as The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band in 2010 and 2011. He has designed for bands appearing in both The Macys Parade and The Rose Parade. Mr. Pierce has served as Program Consultant for Music City Drum Corps, Visual Co-ordinator for The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and Program Co-ordinator for WGI Independent World Class finalist Cypress Independent Color Guard.
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Vanessa Spykerman

Las Vegas, NV
I have both a bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I have been an elementary general music teacher for 5 years and a woodwind tech on and off for high schools in the Clark County School District since 2005. I have experience as a marching band and concert band participant in junior high and high school myself and continued participating as a musician and section leader through college from 1995-2008. I have quite a bit of judging experience in elementary and have experienced many opportunities listening and observing marching band judges in my career. I am very capable of giving excellent feedback and have both a well developed relative pitch and a trained eye regarding technique and formation. I also have a great deal of practice and experience in dance, choir and show choir as I performed in show choir myself along with conducting my own extra curricular choir through the Clark County School District.
In addition I am currently a private lesson instructor on most wind instruments and have students audition for honor band, solo and ensemble, and all-state. Lastly, I performed in the Rose Parade with the Pasadena City College Honor Band three consecutive years.
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Walt Omiecinski

Studio City, CA
Walt Omiecinski has been active in the marching arts for nearly 25 years.

His work as a performer, designer, and adjudicator has taken him from Canton, Ohio where he was both a Bluecoats member and instructor to teaching and designing assignments with marching bands across the United States, as well as with the Pioneer and Pacific Crest drum and bugle corps where he was marching caption head for ten years.

Hes currently active as an adjudicator in the USBands, SCJA, and ADLA circuits and as a clinician and designer for Southern California bands, as well as a non-scripted television producer and creator.
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